New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined thousands of people gathered at Hagley Park in front of the Al-Noor Mosque in Christchurch, land to attend Friday prayer, which was broadcast live on State Radio and Television across the country to express solidarity with those martyred in terrorist attack in Christchurch last Friday (March 22).
In her brief speech to the Jumma congregation, which was also attended by women wearing headscarves, she said New Zealand mourns with you. We are one. Jacinda Ardern also read out a Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (SAWW). Her speech was followed by two minutes silence.
The Imam of the Mosque, Imam Fouda, in his Jumma (Friday) sermon said we are broken-hearted, but we are not broken. We are alive, we are together, we are determined to not let anyone divide us. Pointing towards families of the victims, he said your loved ones did not die in vain, their blood has watered the seeds of hope. The Imam also thanked people, the government and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for showing love and compassion. He said Prime Minister thank you for your leadership, it has been a lesson for the world’s leaders.
Earlier on last Friday an Australian white supremacist gunman, 28-year-old Australian terrorist Brenton Harrison Tarrant,shot down 50 Muslim worshippers at two mosques in the southern city of Christchurch in a killing spree he broadcast live.
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23 August, 2019